My friend Lecy, who writes at A Simpler Grace, rallied a group of bloggers to share their favorite holiday cookie recipe this season. I love baking for the holidays and Christmas cookies are a must, if you ask me.
Today I am sharing a recipe for some traditional Christmas cookies you’ll find in Germany. I believe that the recipe is a family recipe that I got from my mom, so I would like to give her credit for this (although this recipe is pretty simple and you might find similar recipes online, I don’t know).
I had a hard time deciding if I was going to share this recipe or another traditional German recipe for spritz cookies, which really are a staple around Christmas in our family (and my Dad is the head-baker and expert on the cookie dough!), but since I don’t have the equipment to make spritz cookies here, I opted to share the recipe for the vanilla almond crescent cookies.
Anyway, they’re relatively easy to make and one of my favorite kind of cookie for the holiday season. They’re on the crunchier/drier side, so if that is your thing, you should definitely give them a try!
- 100 g (3.5 oz) ground almonds
- 280 g (9.8 oz) pastry flour
- 70 g (2.5 oz) sugar
- Pinch of salt
- 200g (7 oz) butter
- 2 egg yolks
- 40 g (1.4 oz) vanilla sugar
- ½ tbsp powdered sugar
- In a large mixing bowl, combine the salt and the flour. Cut in the cold butter and mix with your hands.
- Add the sugar, the eggs, the vanilla sugar, and the ground almonds to the flour mixture. Place the dough in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
- Divide the dough into several parts. Make rolls that are approximately 1 inch thick. Cut the rolls in 1 inch long pieces, bend the pieces into the shape of a crescent.
- Bake at 400°F (200°C) for 10-15 minutes. When done, remove the ‘Kipferl’ carefully from the tray.
- While still warm, roll the kipferl in powdered sugar and let cool down.
What are your favorite holiday cookies?
Make sure you check out all the awesome recipes that were shared in this swap! I can’t wait to make some of them myself.
Snowballs from Samantha at Carter’s Cozy Nest
Paleo Chocolate Chip cookies from Mia at Mia Sutton Blog
Snickerdoodles from Lisa at Retro Housewife Goes Green
German Chocolate Cake Cookies from Abby at Winstead Wandering
Sugar Cookies from Lindsay at Pursuit of Pink
Vanillekipferl (Vanilla Almond Crescent Cookies) from Sandra at The In Between Is Mine
Gluten-free Chocolate Chip Cookies from Ashley at Happy. Pretty. Sweet.
Cloud Snickerdoodles from Savannah at The Savvy Plate
Peppermint Whoopie Pies from Abi at Abi Tomberlin Blog
Peanut Butter Dreams Dog Treats from Beth at Daily Dog Tag
Grandma Hermits by Lecy at A Simpler Grace